C: Concept of Time

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Some people are old at 18, and some are young at 90.
Time is a concept that humans created.
– Unknown

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Reading this, I had to agree out loud. “Very true,” I spoke into the room empty except for myself. Maybe that’s one good part about getting older, because if anyone catches you talking out loud to yourself, they don’t look at you askance. They probably just think to themselves, “Ah-ha. Yep, there she goes, now that she’s older.”

One woman in particular came to mind when I read these words. Last fall I made a trip back ‘home’ for my mom’s 82nd birthday. As part of the weekend birthday celebration, I’d contacted the local historical museum about doing a short talk on writing our family stories while I was there. They agreed and we had a wonderful morning at the museum, meeting lots of old friends and some new ones too.

The lady that was facilitating the presentation offered to treat my mom and myself to breakfast before the presentation. We’d never met in person until we met at the restaurant. Oh my goodness! This woman is a dynamo! I don’t know her age, but I know she’s retired, so she’s at least slightly older than myself. She is vivacious and lively. She has a sharp, curious mind and I enjoyed our time together immensely. She’s active and involved in many activities, and also mentioned yoga and exercise classes. And it shows. She could run circles around both my mom and I put together. She truly is an ageless, timeless lady.

And then I think of others that I meet, who are years younger than myself, but are sliding into old age so fast it’s as if they’re already used to the notion of walkers and canes and a geriatric attitude.

I know that our bodies can betray us and succumb to the ‘out of warranty’ problems earlier than we’d like for them to. But this quote reminds me that our mind can be the greatest influence over our age. We may be riding through life in an older model vehicle, but it doesn’t mean we have to think or act like we have one foot in the grave.

I think I’ll twist this human concept of time and age and I’ll go with a ’60-going-on 40’ mode.

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karen at Reprobate Typewriter
    Apr 03, 2019 @ 10:55:34

    I’m convinced age is more a matter of when you “give up” rather than when you’re born. If you keep believing in your own ability to do new things and have a good time, it goes a long way to keeping you young. On the other hand, I’ve known plenty of people who “gave up” at eighteen or so, and have just been breathing air ever since.

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  2. Cindy McCabe
    Apr 03, 2019 @ 12:09:35

    Great writing and I loved that quote. And I agree with Karen above.

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  3. Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond
    Apr 03, 2019 @ 18:54:40

    Hi Trisha, I can identify with that lady. I’m 62 this year but still feel like I’m 30! I know that our bodies start to remind us of the number of years we have been on this earth but we can overcome that and more importantly if our mental attitude to life is right we don’t need to conform to a number. Loved the quote and that is how I try to live my life creating my own time. Have a great day x

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  4. Martha Reynolds
    Apr 04, 2019 @ 13:40:42

    LOVELOVELOVE this post! Many mornings, I look in the mirror and say, “What the hell happened?!” Then I go on about my day. What else can we do? Sue (above) is right as well – it’s more about mental attitude, even if we physically can’t do the same things we did at 20 (like deep knee bends). Good job, Trisha.

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    • trishafaye
      Apr 04, 2019 @ 23:34:02

      Thanks Martha. And yes…then we go about our day, because it is what it is and bemoaning the fact won’t change anything. Besides, I’d hate to be the one that remained young while everyone else aged and eventually left this planet. That wouldn’t be good either.

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  5. Marie
    Apr 04, 2019 @ 17:27:35

    Excellent post! Age is just a number 🙂 Visiting from the A-Z Blogging Challenge

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